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Rated: The world’s 20 militaries with the most power

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While one can argue for days about how the soldiers in an army are the key element to the world’s 20 militaries with the most power of a country’s military, the truth is it is a combination of several areas.


Budget: $15.7 billion
Frontline personnel active Personnel on the frontline active: 92,000
Tanks: 181
Total aircraft: 420
Submarines: 4

Canada came in at last spot due to its small amount of active personnel as well as its deficiency of aircraft carriers or attack helicopters, as well as the limited number of submarines and tanks. Yet, Canada has still taken part in US operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and is part of the NATO military alliance.

Canada can also be a participant of as part of the US F-35 programme, but it could decide to stop the acquisition of F-35s based on the outcome of the elections in October.

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Budget: $6.9 billion
Frontline personnel active Total number of active frontline personnel: 476,000
Tanks: 468
Total aircraft: 405
Submarines: 2

The Indonesian military has been ranked higher than Canada because of its large numbers of active personnel as well as its huge quantity of tanks. However, the military is lagging behind in the availability of aircrafts and carriers and the small number of submarines.


Budget: $40.2 billion
Frontline personnel active: 179,046
Tanks: 408
Total aircraft: 663
Submarines: 4

The German military was not ranked on the list because of their absence of projection systems for power. Germany isn’t equipped with an aircraft carrier, and also has only a few submarines that are, in accordance with Credit Suisse’s Credit Suisse methodology, drops its position.

However, Germany has a good number of helicopters for attack. Recently, it begun to think about offering support in the military to the eastern European NATO member countries.


Budget: $9.4 billion
Frontline personnel active 120,000
Tanks: 1,009
Total aircraft: 467
Submarines: 5

Poland beats out Germany in the rankings due to its higher amount of tanks and larger submarine fleet. Poland is also significantly increased its military expenditures in response to Russia’s seizing of Crimea and the ongoing Ukraine crisis.



Budget: $5.39 billion
Frontline personnel active Total number of active frontline personnel: 306,000
Tanks: 722
Total aircraft: 573
Submarines: 0

The Thai military is currently in charge in the entire country after a military coup that took place in May 2014. The military is a key participant in ensuring Thai unity. Thailand is awarded high marks at Credit Suisse for its number of active troops, its amount of tanks, as well as its possessing an air carrier.

Thailand also has a good score as it also has the capability of a carrier for aircraft, even though it isn’t equipped with an aircraft fleets to match the vessel.


Budget: $26.1 billion
Frontline personnel active 58,000
Tanks: 59
Total aircraft: 408
Submarines: 6

The military of Australia is relatively small . It receives the lowest score on the report on the amount of active troops and amount of tanks. It also gets near-bottom scores for the amount of aircraft that are within its arsenal.

Credit Suisse boosts Australia’s ranking because of the attack helicopters and submarines it has however.


Budget for 2017: $17 Billion
Frontline personnel active 160,000
Tanks: 4,170
Total aircraft: 684
Submarines: 5

In terms of absolutes, Israel has a small military. With mandatory military service, an overwhelming portion percent of Israeli population is prepared militarily. Due to its history of being surrounded by hostile neighbours, Israel also has a huge aircraft, tank and the attack helicopter fleet.

Israel also has some qualitative advantages in the military. Israel has satellite assets sophisticated fighter planes modern drones that are armed with the latest technology as well as the nuclear arsenal.


Budget: $10.7 billion
Frontline employees in active service: 290,000
Tanks: 2,005
Total aircraft: 804
Submarines: 4

In danger by China that is continuing to have plans to attack and take over the country, Tawain has focused its military development on defense plans. This is why the island is home to the fifth-highest number of attack helicopters on the rankings. Also, it has a vast fleet of aircrafts as well as numerous tanks.


Budget: $4.4 billion
Active frontline personnel Active frontline personnel
Tanks: 4,624
Total aircraft: 1,107
Submarines: 4

Its Egyptian military is among the longest-running and most powerful armies that is located in the Middle East. They receives large amounts of financial aid by the US and boasts the fifth-largest tanks in all of the world. It is home to more than 1000 M1A1 Abrams tanks, many of them are in storage and have never seen use.

Egypt is also home to a significant air force.


Budget $7 billion
Frontline personnel active 617,700
Tanks: 2,924
Total aircraft: 914
Submarines: 8

It is believed that the Pakistani military is among the largest forces around the globe with regards to current personnel. Credit Suisse also credits the country with having an impressive tanks, aircrafts, as well as attack helicopters.

Furthermore, Pakistan is thought to be developing nukes at a quick enough pace to be the world’s third-largest arsenal of nuclear weapons within the next decade.


Budget: $18.2 billion
Active frontline personnel: 410.500
Tanks: 3,778
Total aircraft: 1,020
Submarines: 13

The Turkish armed forces are some of the most powerful in east Mediterranean. Even though they don’t have an aircraft carrier and a submarine carrier, only five countries listed by Credit Suisse have the same number of submarines as Turkey.

Additionally, the country is home to an massive tank fleet as well as many aircrafts and attack helicopters.

Turkey is also an fully-fledged member of the F-35 programme.

United Kingdom

Budget: $60.5 billion
Active frontline personnel: 146.980
Tanks: 407
Total aircraft: 936
Submarines: 10

Even though the UK plans to cut its amount of its military by 20 percent between 2010 and 2018 but it is confident of being able to spread its power across the globe.

The Royal Navy is planning to place on the HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier with an air deck that measures 4.5 acres, into operation in 2020. It will carry 40 F-35B Joint Strike Fighters around the world.


Budget of $34 billion
Frontline personnel active 320,000
Tanks: 586
Total aircraft: 760
Submarines: 6

The Italian military scored highly in Credit Suisse’s report because of the presence of two operational carrier aircrafts. These carriers, as well as the country’s massive attack helicopter and submarine fleets, dramatically improved Italy’s rank.

South Korea

Budget: $62.3 billion
Frontline personnel active Total number of active frontline personnel
Tanks: 2,381
Total aircraft: 1,412
Submarines: 13

South Korea has been left with no choice but to be armed with a huge strong and capable army in event of a North Korean aggression. With these facts in mind, South Korea has a number of attack helicopters, submarines and active military.

It also has a number of tanks as well as the sixth-largest air force in the world.


Budget: $62.3 billion
Frontline personnel active Active frontline personnel
Tanks: 423
Total aircraft: 1,264
Submarines: 10

The French military is tiny, yet highly educated professional and skilled. It is also capable of directing force.

The country boasts the newly built plane transporter named the Charles de Gaulleand France regularly participates in military missions across Africa to aid in stabilizing governments and combat extremism.


Budget of $50B
Frontline personnel active 1 325 000
Tanks: 6,464
Total aircraft: 1,905
Submarines: 15

India is among the most powerful military powers in the world. It is the most active army of any nation other than China as well as the US as well as the biggest arsenal of aircraft and tanks of any other country, excluding those of the US, China, or Russia.

India also has nuclear weapons available to it. The country is expected to become the fourth largest military spending country in the world by 2020.


Budget: $41.6 billion
Frontline personnel active 247,173
Tanks: 678
Total aircraft: 1,613
Submarines: 16

In terms of absolute size in terms of size, in terms of size, the Japanese military is comparatively tiny. Yet, Japan is well-equipped.

As per Credit Suisse, it has the fourth-largest submarine fleet on the rankings. Japan is also home to four air carriers but they aren’t outfitted by helicopters.

Japan is also home to the fourth-largest attack helicopter fleet, which is second only to China, Russia, and the US.


Budget $216 billion
Frontline personnel active 2333,000
Tanks: 9,150
Total aircraft: 2,860
Submarines: 67

The Chinese military has seen rapid growth in terms of capacity and size in the last few years. In terms of manpower, it’s the biggest army in the world. It is also home to the second largest tank fleet, second only to Russia and the second-largest submarine fleet after the US.

China is also making huge advancements in its military modernization programme, and is currently working on an array of game-changing technological advancements in the field of military technology, such as ballistic missiles as well as fifth-generation aircraft.


Budget: $84.5 billion
Active frontline personnel: 766.055.
Tanks: 15,398
Total aircraft: 3,429
Submarines: 55

The Russian army is the second-largest militarily powerful in the entire world. Russia is home to the world’s biggest tank army, second-largest aircraft fleet, behind the US and has the third-largest submarine fleet, behind both the US as well as China.

The Kremlin’s spending on military has grown by nearly three-quarters in the past year and are predicted to rise 44% over the next three years. Russia has also shown its capacity to deploy the force overseas through its presence of troops to Syria.

United States

Budget $601 billion
Frontline personnel active 140,000
Tanks: 8,848
Total aircraft: 13,892
Submarines: 72

In spite of sequestration and other cuts to spending in the past, even with sequestration and other cuts to spending, the United States spends more money ($601 billion) in defense spending than the nine other countries in Credit Suisse’s index.

America’s most significant conventional military advantage lies in its 10-aircraft carriers. By contrast, India and China, which is currently building their third aircraft carrier has the second most carriers in the world.

The US also has the highest number of aircraft of any nation, the most cutting-edge technology , such as the new rail gun for the Navy in addition to a massive and well-trained army of soldierswhich isn’t taking into account the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal.


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